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Researcher Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, practices mindfulness with patients.
December 08, 2020

From opioids to mindfulness: A new approach to chronic pain

Twenty-six years. That's how long Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, has practiced mindfulness, a complementary health practice that includes...

Pain Management
Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are focusing on disparities in maternal health in the U.S.
November 17, 2020

The new role of artificial intelligence in NIH pregnancy research

Pregnancy can be an exciting experience for many women. But it also can be difficult and confusing, especially for women...

Pregnancy

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., studies breast cancer's impact on diverse populations.
November 10, 2020

Improving outcomes for African American women with breast cancer

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., has spent much of her career advancing research that supports women with breast cancer,...

Breast Cancer
Researchers are studying how social influence around vaping affects teens.
November 05, 2020

Under the influence: NIH research shows teen vaping, social pressure on the rise

Vapes. E-cigarettes. E-hookahs. Mods. Vaporizer devices all have the same purpose: to heat liquids containing nicotine or marijuana that people...

Vaping

NCCIH Director Helene Langevin, M.D., wants people to know that more options are available for chronic pain.
October 28, 2020

How integrative health research tackles the pain management crisis

Pain isn't simple or straightforward—and neither is treating it. Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people...

Pain Management
A scan of a human brain showing effects from an ischemic stroke.
August 20, 2020

Brain imaging, telehealth studies promise better stroke prevention and recovery

  Clinton B. Wright, M.D., M.S. Stroke research is a priority for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)....

Stroke

Alcohol use disorder is a common but serious condition that affects how the brain functions.
July 16, 2020

Why alcohol-use research is more important than ever

  George Koob, Ph.D. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects roughly 15 million people in the U.S. People with the...

Alcohol Use Disorder
Research supported by NIH is showing new ways to diagnose and treat concussions in children.
July 07, 2020

How concussions affect kids and teens

  Christina Master, M.D. Concussions among professional athletes have been covered widely in the media. But Christina Master, M...

Traumatic Brain Injury

Blake Warner, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., conducts research on salivary disorders, focusing on Sjögren's syndrome.
June 23, 2020

Sjögren’s research explores genetic link to dry mouth, other saliva issues

Blake Warner, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., studies disorders that affect our salivary glands, including Sjögren's...

Sjögren's syndrome
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., studies how technology can improve health. She and her team developed a low-cost, portable fiber optic microscope that allows doctors to easily test for cervical cancer.
May 20, 2020

How a tablet computer and mobile van are improving cancer detection

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., of Rice University, has devoted her career to understanding how technology can improve health and save...

Diagnostic Imaging

Karen Pierce, Ph.D., plays with a toddler referred to her program by a local pediatrician.
May 06, 2020

Eye tracking technology holds promise for earlier autism diagnosis

What if you could diagnose autism just by looking at how a child's eyes move? While the technology is...

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Adult blacklegged ticks are about the size of a sesame seed.
April 20, 2020

On the front lines against Lyme disease

Blacklegged ticks, or deer ticks, are tiny. But the problems they cause, like Lyme disease, can be big. Most humans...

Lyme Disease

April 15, 2020

3 key research highlights from NIH’s diabetes branch

Can taking a daily vitamin D supplement prevent diabetes? Which is better for lowering your risk of diabetes: lifestyle changes...

Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes
April 08, 2020

New options for treating type 2 diabetes in kids and teens

Helping kids with diabetes is a passion for National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical researcher Stephanie Chung, M.B.B...

Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

April 07, 2020

5 questions about intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting has gotten a lot of attention recently—everyone from celebrities to social media influencers is talking about it. The...

Intermittent Fasting
Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., took the helm of NIBIB in January 2019.
April 06, 2020

Celebrating 20 years of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

For the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), 2020 is an important year. It marks the 20th anniversary of...

Medical Technology

Lisa Halvorson, M.D., wants to improve treatment and ultimately find a cure for women with endometriosis.
February 10, 2020

Improving endometriosis diagnosis through research and awareness

"We urgently need more research to better understand the basic biology behind the development of endometriosis." - Lisa Halvorson,...

Endometriosis
February 04, 2020

Treating vitiligo: Studies look for long-term options

"Many people believe that vitiligo is a rare disease," says National Institutes of Health-supported researcher John E. Harris, M...

Vitiligo

John Pandolfino, M.D., is trying to improve treatment for people experiencing heartburn.
January 22, 2020

What’s new in heartburn research?

Working with NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, John Pandolfino, M.D., studies how to...

Heartburn
Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D., is working to expand treatment options for sickle cell patients of all ages.
January 20, 2020

Investigating bone marrow transplants: A cure for some sickle cell disease patients

Sickle cell disease (SCD) specialists have performed bone marrow transplants in children since the 1990s. This procedure is the only...

Sickle Cell Disease